Past Art Fair

Hong Kong International Art Fair 2010

27 May - 30 May  |  2010
Chao Chung-hsiangFay MingJiang DahaiLui Shou-kwanMan Fung-yiTing WalasseWang TiandeWei LigangYang JiechangYang Qi
Alisan Fine Arts presents “New Ink Art” an exhibition of works by 7 International Chinese artists consisting a total of around 30 paintings, installations and sculptures dating from 1990s to current exploring the development of “New Ink Art”. These artists seek to re-interpret ink painting in non-conventional ways. The end result is an art form that is contemporary yet strongly rooted in tradition. As the medium of ink is being internationally recognised, these innovative works of art have been popularised in the 21st century and are fast becoming a contemporary idiom.

The 7 International Chinese artists are:
Wei Ligang魏立剛 (born 1964 Datong City, China, currently living in Beijing)
Yang Jiechang楊詰蒼 (born 1956 Foshan, China, currently living in Paris)
Wang Tiande王天德 (born 1960 Shanghai, China, currently living in Shanghai)
Shen Fan申凡 (born 1952 Jiangyin, China, currently living in Shanghai)
Jiang Dahai江大海 (born 1949 Nanjing China, currently living in Paris)
Ming Fay費明杰 (born 1943 Shanghai, China, currently living in New York)
Yang Qi楊起 (born 1952 Wuhu, China, currently living in Düsseldorf, Germany)

“What is New Ink Art ?”
Chinese ink painting has a particularly long history of over 3000 years. The continuous re-interpretation links ink art to our present-day society and keeps it alive. Modernising ink painting started in Hong Kong from 1950s by the ink master Lui Shou Kwan (1919-1975) who reached his peak with the creation of “Zen painting” series from the late 1960s to1970s.

In Mainland China, Wu Guanzhong's (born 1919 Jiangsu, China) controversial essays unleashed much discussion towards the end of 1970s, leading to the ink movements “New Wave” in 1980s and “Experimental Art” in 1990s, where these movements pointed to the many new directions in ink aesthetics and continued to inspire the artists to engage in the evolution, exploration and breakthrough of concepts. For example, selected artists belong to this group who we are showing: Yang Jiechang's “100 Layers of Ink” series (1990s) and “Tomorrow Cloudy Sky” (2005), Wei Ligang's abstract calligraphy with metallic colour (1990s-2010), Shen Fan's minimalist oil paintings (1990s-2005), Wang Tiande's recent works of landscape in ink & burn marks, Jiang Dahai's “Images of Calligraphy” series (2005-6).

The ink art has come a full circle as some artists continue to push the boundary beyond the two-dimensional ink on paper. Ming Fay and Yang Qi go as much as transforming ink paintings into installations, which provide new visual experiences. Their works can be interpreted as three-dimensional Chinese ink paintings. The gestural bravado of the Chinese brush is brought alive in Ming Fay's bold yet nuanced branches of “Downturn”, “Money Tree” (2010). The recent work “Flying shoes” by Yang Qi where he combines enlarged shoes with small ink paper figures, evokes memories of a Chinese lifestyle of a bygone era.

This exhibition seeks to understand “ink” in its broadest sense. We see similar brushwork, whether in oil or other media, used by artists as having an affinity to ink painting because of its evocative rendering. Their innovative pieces will perhaps draw people’s attention to the New Ink Art.